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One Night on the Island

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One Night on the Island is the story of Cleo and Mack who both find themselves the tenants of a small cabin on Salvation Island, a very small island off the west coast of Ireland. There is one boat a week, weather permitting, and since it is not a tourist place there is no other place they can stay. So for the next several weeks Cleo and Mack are unlikely house mates. Cleo is a dating columnist for a London based online woman's magazine and Mack is a photographer. Cleo has come to Salvation to have a self-coupling ceremony for her 30th birthday and Mack is escaping his failing marriage. 

While the premise is interesting the execution has issues. I found the story long and boring. While this feels like a book that you should be able to read in a day or two it took me about a week to get through it. I feel like the convention of only one place to stay on a island that sees a boat maybe once a week seems to have constrained the story more than helped it. There was really only one way the story could go with these requirements.
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One Night on the Island is a charming read from Josie Silver, in her follow up to One Day in December.  When Cleo, an online columnist, is on the brink of her 30th birthday and still single her boss comes up with her next story-a solo vacation on a remote Irish island which will add a fresh take to her column. Cleo reluctantly agrees and finds herself crossing the seas to a luxury cabin-party of 1. However, fate has a way of intervening in the form of Mack, a photographer from Boston. Mack is facing his own struggles back home in America and has a hard time acknowledging the truth about his family. A miscommunication has caused the island's only rental to have been given to both Cleo and Mack. Two very different people are forced to share a small space while dealing with the reasons that led them to Salvation in the first place. In her trademark style, Silver takes readers on a heartwarming adventure.  This is a great summer read. 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
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Unfortunately this book just wasn't for me and I had to DNF it at 25%. I'm completely for a women not marrying to feel fulfilled in life but the concept of 'marrying oneself' was a bit much for me. 

Maybe this book is a case of the 'wrong time for me' but I did enjoy her other book 'One Day in December' and I'll give her other books a try.
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Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. While I'm a huge fan of Josie Silver, I wasn't able to get into this novel.
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This is a story of two people who go to a remote Irish island for two very different reasons and having to deal with each other because of a scheduling conflict. 
This story was so much fun Cleo was so relatable. I felt like Cleo's journey of self-coupling was such an interesting idea. Then we have Mac who has family ties to the island and is trying to work on the issues within his marriage. 
I think the forced proximity of this book was done well. I felt like the responses from each of the characters were actual ways that people would act in that scenario if it was really happening. 
I thought that all of the people who lived on the island brought so much character to the island and made me want to visit Salvation myself. 
If you are looking for a love story where the people are not looking to fall in love. I think that the pacing was done well and the plot was engaging.
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I’ve tried this one twice and just can’t get into it. I really enjoyed her previous book but this one has been done a million different times in better ways. The main character and her boss were so annoying I just could not get into it at all
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This was a typical cutesy rom com. Some of Josie Silver's books have had some subplots I wasn't a fan of, but this one seemed to be more traditional. It was very predictable of a plot but was nice and simple to follow.
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This is another winner from Josie Silver. I liked the premise of why the female character went to the island in the first place  (the uncoupling twist), and I found myself engaged with both character's plights and challenges. Her characters have depth, and I was rooting for them to work things out.
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I was excited for this one, especially since I love small-town charm and her most previous book is a favorite of mine but once I realized the male love interest in this book was still married, I did not feel comfortable continuing reading. However, for readers who this detail wouldn't bother would probably like it as much as her previous novels. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher. All views expressed are my own.
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Sadly, I did not enjoy this book. I really hate when I don’t like a book I expected to love. I loved her other books, but this was a miss for me. Honestly, it was boring. The romance wasn’t there. Nor was the comedy. Seems more on the women's fiction side for me. I tried for months to finish it, but ultimately had to just accept it’s not for me. 

(I won’t be posting this on social media, other than my Goodreads account.)
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I have been a fan of Josie Silver since her debut and ONE NIGHT ON THE ISLAND is no exception - her novels keep getting better and better. The setting for this one, a remote Irish island, makes for a completely absorbing and atmospheric adventure that had me yearning to take a vacation abroad. There are several comedic scenes and always entertaining rom-com banter but, thankfully, Silver always injects a much more thoughtful and poignant element to her stories than one might expect from a typical romantic comedy. This is a perfect vacation/beach read and I didn't want it to end!
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Synopsis: When two complete strangers end up reserving the same rental space in a small remote town they are forced to make the best of things. Oh and did I mention that the ferry only comes once a week and there is very limited additional space on the island due to it being remote. 

Thoughts: I thought this was a sweet meet cute and enjoyed the characters. I also enjoyed the story line of Cleo and her expectations of what she should have accomplished by her thirtieth birthday. The remote location made this the perfect place for these two random strangers to be trapped together but still learn more about themselves and on how to manage the struggles they are facing. I enjoyed that this pulled in real life struggles and forced expectations. I recommend this book to a romance reader who also likes hearing about struggles.
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Another Josie Silver novel to tug at your heart (and make you laugh a little). I wouldn't quite call this Rom Com, more just Rom and self discovery, with a very amusing and sweet cast of characters. Cleo goes to a remote island to focus on self love for her 30th birthday and discovers self love along with a lot more. Not groundbreaking or surprising, but a perfect choice for readers who love to be immersed in a new place and truly get to know a (fictional) community along with the heroine. A perfect way to escape for an afternoon, so long as you don't mind a few tears along the way!
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Cleo is scared of turning 30 and the last thing she wants to do for her column is taking a quasi-sabbatical to self couple. Cleo goes to a remote Irish island called Salvation Island. She is booked to stay the Otter Lodge. However, she has an unexpected visitor. He is an American named Mack and he claims that he is booked to stay at Otter Lodge. Due to the weather, the boat is delayed, so these two are stuck together on this island and in Otter Lodge. 

This took me a long time to read, but I started this in my slump that was caused by my depression. I thought during that time I could read it and get through this fast because I’ve enjoyed Josie’s other books. But, I Ed did not read the last 200 pages until my depression was lifted in late April/early May. I ended up really enjoying this read. The enemies to friends to lovers was well done and turned out to be really sweet. I really loved Cleo’s self discovery. The locals in this book were one of my favorites. I really enjoyed seeing the relationships that were made between the locals to Cleo and Mack. This overall was a sweet book and I look forward to reading more of Josie’s books.
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What a fun getaway romance! I loved the tension that built up between the two main characters, but what I really loved was Cleo’s character development. A woman who goes on a solo vacation (my dream!) to marry herself and make commitments to herself- that’s a plot line I want to read! 

Yes, this book was incredibly cheesy at moments but that did not take away from Cleo’s strong plot line. 

Last thing I  loved the YaYa sisterhood vibes I got from the women of the island- it reminded me a bit of Season for Second Chances! Really adored this read.
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cute, but not my favorite of Josie Silver's books. her first book and even her last one before this set a high bar for me. But I still enjoyed!
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Cleo has been writing a column for an on-line magazine chronicling her search for her "flamingo." Flamingos mate for life and she wants that too. For her 30th birthday the magazine rents a lodge on a remote island off of Ireland so she can find herself and perform a self-coupling, essentially marrying herself, but when she gets there she finds there is a mix up in reservations and she is sharing the lodge with Mack. He is an American photographer trying to reconcile his life being separated from a wife he still loves and his sons who he adores. His grandmother came from the island and he hopes to reconnect with his family history.

I really didn't like Cleo all that much. In the beginning she comes off as nasty, angry and spiteful. I understand that it was an awkward situation to share the home she thought would be hers alone but I think I would have been a little kinder to the big guy I had to live with until things are sorted out. Mack was a great guy. He was kind and trying to make the best of a bad situation.

Even with the remoteness and the bad weather the island sounds beautiful and the people living on it were lovely. They were a bunch of characters but were welcoming of both Mack and Cleo. I could understand the draw of wanting to stay there.

At times I felt like the story could have moved along quicker and I would have liked to know more about Cleo and Mack too but overall the 4 stars is an indicator of how much I liked the story overall and the people on the island.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for providing me with a digital copy.
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One Night on the Island is Josie Silver’s latest fictional journey in modern romance and self-discovery. It follows Cleo, a late twenty-something dating columnist from London, and Mack, a young thirty’s photographer and dad from Boston, who happen to rent the same (and only) vacation property on remote Salvation Island. 

Both come to this space looking to find themselves and separate from their current romantic troubles. What follows is a conscious temporary coupling and a few weeks of romance.

This book is set in a dual perspective - hopping back and forth between Mack and Cleo - while I love Cleo’s journey to self-love, I found Mack’s lacking in depth and accuracy. Some of Mack’s thoughts took on British phrasing, and I never sympathized with his situation in the long run.

All in all, this seemed like a highly logical romance - while enjoyable to read, I did not feel as captivated as with Silver’s previous books.
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I'd like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for sharing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book.
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Although I liked parts of this book, I found it a bit too long and slow paced. It was good, but I loved Josie Silver's other books so much more.
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